SEN-CIT: The sensitization of citizens in the field of immigrants' and refugees’ inclusion to the hosting society (Exchange of good practices in adult education)

Dissemination Activities – HYPATIA , 1 & 8/10/2020, Nicosia Municipal Multifunctional Foundation 

Hypatia Foundation organized two consecutive communication events in March 2020 to promote the work accomplished in the SENCIT project funded under ERAMSMUS+ programme. The events where held at the Nicosia Municipal Multifunctional Foundation that coincided along with awareness building campaign to prevent and handle sexual harassment incidents for migrant women. The events highlighted practical suggestions and good practice on empowering migrant and refugee women.

The events invited Third County Nationals, migrant organizations and local NGOs, about 25 participants attended each event. The presentations made by HYPATIA Foundation included good practices from Cyprus and Belgium the Vormingplus Limburg organisation.

• The programmes for after-school and summer child-care programs offered by the Nicosia Municipality Multifunctional Foundation in the context of the AMIF Program “New Channels for Integration” provides valuable after school services for children of Migrants parents in a safe, nurturing and recreational environment. In addition parents have a chance to better reconcile work and family life, and explore educational activities for themselves.

• From Belgium we presented the programme “Together at Home” which involves training of newcomers migrants and refugees to be able to provide volunteer services for the community at large. The programme offers opportunities for migrants to connect with community groups and become active in the community. The benefit is social engagement, learning of way of life and social issues in the host country but also enhance the image and self value of migrants.

• Storytelling is a program offered by Vormingplus Limburg. The premise is to narrate personal stories for diverse groups as a way to develop understanding, empathy, respect and appreciation for other cultures and promote positive attitudes for people of diverse ethnic and religion backgrounds. A storytelling event was promoted by Hypatia Foundation in Cyprus trough the Municipality of Nicosia, and the Nicosia Municipal Multifunctional Foundation in December 2019.

The events is a result of program work done in the SENCIT project, with an aim to exchange and transfer best practices across participating regions, enabling trainers and stakeholders to provide empowering and transformative support for integration of migrants and refugees.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication (communication) reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
Project number: 2018-1-PL01-KA204-050850